Capital Report: 03-27-2014

Mar 27, 2014

On Wednesday the House Appropriations Committee signed off on a 75.3 billion dollar spending plan for the upcoming fiscal year. Thursday it was the Senate’s turn. That chamber’s appropriations committee has okayed a slightly smaller 74.9 billion dollar plan, but as Lynn Hatter reports, talks about higher education spending dominated the conversation.

A controversial gun measure that’s currently stalled in the Senate is now heading to the House floor. As Sascha Cordner reports, the bill aims to allow someone to legally carry a firearm during a mandatory evacuation without a permit.

Florida lawmakers are considering a bill that would ensure the coaches and officials of youth athletic leagues undergo a background check. As Regan McCarthy reports, some say the proposal is a homerun, while others are crying foul.

A bill aimed at making it easier for people with service animals to get fair treatment in stores and housing moved on to its last House committee today [Thursday]. As Jessica Palombo reports, the bill would require public places to accommodate disabled people who require the help of trained dogs or miniature horses. 

A pharmaceutical fight is taking place in the legislature.  Nick Evans reports the issue revolves around the number of technicians pharmacists are allowed to supervise.

The Florida Senate is set to cast a final vote on a bill that would change the way judicial vacancies are filled.  It would establish a ballot question this November allowing voters to choose who fills open spots created when a judge becomes too old to serve…the current governor or the one about to take office.  As Stan Jastrzebski reports, at least one member of a constitutional revision commission says she’s against the proposed change, even though she thinks it needs more study.